This choir has a long history of sacred music, including singing at the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Basilica and an audience with Pope John Paul II. Open to all, high school age to retirees, the repertoire is a wide range from chant to modern day octavos and motets. The choir sings at the 11:00 Mass every Sunday and all other special liturgies from Labor Day to the feast of Corpus Christi. Rehearsals are Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Singers with little or no experience in singing are welcome to join.
Under the choral direction of Emmanuel P. deLeon Jr., Doctoral of Musical Arts student at the University of Notre Dame Sacred Music, we will prepare weekly Entrance and Communion Antiphonal chant, learn new hymns and octavos and prepare choral selections for the Christmas season. At this time, we are limited to 10 participants. Please join us for vocal conditioning and social distancing on September 8. Call Mike at the Cathedral office to join or stop by the choir loft after Mass.
Cathedral Cantor/Song Leader
The ministry of the Cathedral Cantor is to bring the song of the assembled community to life, and to assist the people so that their song may be prayer. This is open to anyone of high school age and older with audition. One must be able to understand the basics of music and serve confidently in this leadership role. It is crucial responsibility of the cantor to be musically hospitable, to be personally present to the assembly, and to help them feel welcome and able to sing. An excellent way to grow into the cantor roll is to first become a “Psalmist,” This person proclaims in song the “Responsorial Psalm.” Call Mike at the Cathedral office for more information or to audition.
Cathedral Children’s Choir
This group of young choristers is open from grades 5 through 8. They help lead the congregation musically twice a month at the 9:00 am Mass from October through May. The repertoire is basic hymns and also children’s octavos. Rehearsals are Friday from 3:30 to 4:15. It is open to all Cathedral school, public school and home schooled students.
Cathedral School Liturgical Schola
The Cathedral School choir is open to grades 5 through 8. They support the singing at the school Masses twice a week at 8:30 am. The group will learn melodies and harmonies and choral descants. Also, new and traditional hymns, Latin, Spanish and various techniques of singing are included in a rehearsal. The rehearsal time is 11:05 until 11:50 every Wednesday morning.
Seasonal Chant Schola
Open to all ages, this schola will learn Gregorian Chant both English and Latin. You will learn to sing Latin music notation. In addition to hymns, antiphons and the chant Propers of the Mass will be sung. This group will sing occasionally at the 9 am. Mass.
Cathedral Funeral Choir
This newly formed group will help support the singing at all funerals. Rehearsals will be 30 minutes prior to a funeral.
The Cathedral invites any of our talented students and adults to share their talent at Mass. All instruments are welcome: strings, woodwinds and brass. In addition, if you can play piano or interested in learning more about playing the pipe organ, you are welcome. If a commitment every week is not possible, consider playing for Easter or Christmas.